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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Anjali Shah

Vegan Apple Crumble (Gluten-Free!)

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A classic dessert, this vegan apple crumble is made with sweet cinnamon apples, then topped with a nutty oat crumble! It’s easy to make, gluten free, family friendly, and makes the entire house smell amazing! 

healthy, easy, gluten free, dairy free, vegan apple crumble recipe (apple crisp) on a plate with whipped cream

This gluten free apple crisp is seriously the best. It’s gooey and sweet on the inside with a “buttery” vegan crumble topping. It’s made with healthy ingredients and has only 5 grams of added sugar per serving! It’s one of my favorite feel-good apple desserts, and is perfect any time of year!

While apple picking is a traditional fall activity, I love that you can enjoy apples all year round! And I love making a vegan apple crumble for a special occasion, during the holidays, or even in the summertime served with ice cream. Between the warm apple compote and the delicious smells that fill my kitchen when it’s baking – I can’t get enough of it!

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Serve this gluten free apple crumble with homemade whipped cream or a scoop of vegan ice cream! It’s less work but even better than a vegan apple pie! The first time I made this, I had to sit down to eat it. It’s just that good!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Gluten-free & vegan too!
  • Made with wholesome ingredients
  • Great for summer, fall, or any time of year
  • A fun way to use extra apples from apple picking!
  • Perfect for apple season
  • Kid friendly
  • Tastes like a classic apple pie with no pie crust
  • Any type of apples can be used
  • Best vegan apple crisp recipe ever!

🥘 Ingredients

This easy vegan apple crumble is made with simple ingredients. You probably have most of them in your pantry! For the full recipe and nutritional information, see the recipe card below.

ingredients for healthy, easy, gluten free, dairy free, vegan apple crumble recipe (apple crisp)
  • Apples: I used a combination of Gala apples and Fuji sliced apples, but you can also use Granny Smith apples, Honeycrisp apples, or any of your favorite apples! Try chopping them into large and small pieces to get a variety of textures in your crisp. The best apples to bake with are ones with a firm flesh and a slightly tart taste. Tart apples won’t be quite as sweet.
  • Warm Spices: I used cinnamon and nutmeg in this vegan fruit crisp, but any warm fall spices taste great. Pumpkin pie spice, allspice, cloves, cardamom, and ginger are good options!
  • Lemon Juice: Lemon brightens up any fruit and enhances its flavor. If you don’t have a lemon, use a splash of apple juice instead.
  • Cornstarch: A small amount of cornstarch thickens the apple mixture. Arrowroot powder is a good swap if you don’t have cornstarch.
  • Nuts: To add some more texture to the crisp topping, I used a combination of chopped pecans and walnuts. Almonds and hazelnuts taste delicious too. Or make it nut free and omit the nuts completely.
  • Oats: Gluten-Free Oats are the key to the crumble topping! I like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats. You can also make this gluten-free apple crisp with oat flour if you prefer. For a nutty flavor, swap out 1/4 cup of the oats for 1/2 cup of almond flour.
  • Brown Sugar: Gives this a touch of needed sweetness to both the apples, and the crisp topping. You can also use coconut sugar for a refined sugar free version.
  • Coconut Oil: You can also use vegan butter like Earth Balance if you don’t have coconut oil.
  • Vanilla Extract: The sweet taste of vanilla is always a good addition.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt brings out the sweetness in this vegan apple crumble recipe.

📖 Variations

Next time try one of these delicious takes on an easy apple crisp!

  • Pear Crisp: Swap out the apples for pears! The best pears to use for baking are Bosc, D’Anjou, Bartlett, Forelle, and Concorde pears.
  • Apple and Pear Crisp: Use half apples and half pears to make this into an apple and pear crisp.
  • Sugar Free Apple Crisp: To make this recipe sugar free, eliminate the brown sugar in both the apple mixture, and the crisp topping. Substitute for a small amount of monk fruit sweetener. Monk fruit is sweeter than regular sugar, so a 1:1 substitution is too much. Instead use one teaspoon of monk fruit sweetener in the apple filling, and 2 tablespoons of monk fruit in the crisp topping.
  • Low Calorie Apple Crisp: Keep this recipe low calorie and skip the toppings. One serving of this recipe is only 206 calories per serving!

🔪 Instructions

Here’s how to make this healthy vegan apple crumble:

Spray Baking Dish: The first thing you need to do is preheat the oven and grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. 

Make Apple Filling: In a medium bowl, toss the sliced apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, salt, and a little bit of cornstarch. Add one tablespoon of the sugar to the apples. Toss well to coat.

fruit and cinnamon in a mixing bowl

Blend Oats: Blend 1 and 1/4 cup of the oats in a food processor or high-speed blender until the oats resemble flour.

gluten free oats processed into a flour

Make The Streusel Topping: Add the oat flour to a large bowl and mix with remaining oats, brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract, nuts, and melted coconut oil. The oats + sugar + oil creates a crunchy texture that’s irresistible.

oats and topping ingredients in a mixing bowl

Prepare Healthy Apple Crumble: Dump the apple filling into the baking dish and spread around evenly with a spatula.

cut apples in a casserole dish

Add Topping: Top the apple mixture with the oat crumble. Try your best to evenly spread it over the apples.

topping added to apple crisp in a baking dish

Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Serve this vegan gluten-free crumble warm with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream!

baked apple pie crisp in a casserole dish

🍎 Is Vegan Apple Crumble Healthy?

Yes! This is a totally guilt free dessert. A typical serving of apple crisp or crumble will run you anywhere from 250 to 350 calories, and upwards of 28 grams of sugar!

My version has about 200 calories and 5 grams of added sugar for a hefty portion. Here are some of the healthy swaps I made to lighten up this recipe but keep all of the decadence of the traditional version!

  • Whole Grains: This plant based apple crisp uses rolled oats for the fruit crumble topping – which are high in fiber, low-glycemic, and gluten-free.
  • Less Added Sugar: Fruit is already naturally sweet! There’s no need to add tons of sugar to the filling, the fruit takes care of the sweetness.
  • Healthy Fats: Walnuts and pecans in the crumble topping are both rich in antioxidants and healthy omega 3 fats.

❓Recipe FAQs

Do I have to peel the apples?

This all depends on personal preference. Apple skins don’t break down and bake completely, so it changes the texture of the crisp. If you want a creamier crumble, I recommend peeling the apples first (using a vegetable peeler), because the apples will cook down more. But if you want a heartier dessert with a little more texture, feel free to leave the skin on!

Can I freeze this vegan apple pie crumble?

Absolutely!
To Freeze Unbaked: Follow all of the steps to prepare the crisp, then cover and freeze for up to 2 months.
To Freeze Baked: Bake the this crumble then let it cool completely. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
To Reheat: If unbaked, bake the vegan apple crisp as directed. If prebaked, bake the until the top is crisp and the apples are hot.

What is the difference between apple crisp and apple crumble?

Both are dishes with baked fresh fruit, with a streusel like topping made from butter, sugar and some sort of grain.
The difference between the two desserts is in the topping: The crisp’s topping typically includes oats, and is less dense than a crumble topping. Whereas a crumble will use flour, butter, sugar, and nuts, but the topping is much more dense.

Our vegan apple crumble is sort of in between a crumble and a crisp, because we use flour and oats, and the topping is more dense.

How can I make my apple crisp crispy? How Do you fix soggy apple crumble?

Make sure you don’t use too much fat (coconut oil, butter, etc.) or you will get a soggy topping. Be patient with the bake time, low and slow is the way to go here. Don’t forget to add the cornstarch! It acts both as a binder and helps to absorb some of the juice the apples release when they are cooked.

👪 How To Serve

Here are some of our favorite ways to serve this gluten-free dessert recipe:

  • With homemade whipped cream
  • A scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream
  • Vegan caramel sauce or chocolate sauce drizzled on top
  • A sprinkle of candied nuts
  • A dusting of powdered sugar on the crispy topping
  • Drizzle melted nut butter on top

💭 Expert Tips

  • Use Gluten Free Oats to make this gluten-free. Add some almond flour if you like a nutty flavor!
  • Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to help keep the apples from browning.
  • Make sure to coat your baking dish with cooking spray.
  • The best way to serve this crisp is warm! Top it with homemade whipped cream or ice cream for more decadence.
  • This apple crisp will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Make sure to let it cool to room temperature before covering.
  • Melted coconut oil is easier to mix with the dry ingredients to make the topping!
  • If you have a lot of apples, make two vegan crumbles and freeze one for later.
healthy, easy, gluten free, dairy free, vegan apple crumble recipe (apple crisp) on a plate with whipped cream

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Vegan Apple Crumble (Easy + Gluten Free)

This Gluten Free, Vegan Apple Crumble is a delicious fresh fruit compote topped with a healthy mixture of oats, nuts, and spices. Served warm, it's naturally sweet and vegan-friendly. Perfect for a healthy dessert for the whole family!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Baking, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 206.6kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 2 pounds Organic Fuji or Gala apples peeled and cut into ¼ inch cubes (about 6 medium sized apples)
  • 1 tbsp Brown sugar unpacked
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Ground nutmeg
  • ½ tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice About the juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 dash Salt

For the topping:

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. 
  • In a medium bowl, toss the apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon, salt, and cornstarch. Add one tablespoon of the sugar to the apples. Toss to coat.
  • Pour 1¼ cups of old fashioned oats into a blender and blend until finely ground. Add the blended flour to a large bowl and mix with remaining oats, brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract, nuts, and melted coconut oil.
  • Add the apples to the baking dish and top with the oat mixture.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

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https://youtu.be/e7QJiXNJaDE

Notes

Recipe Variations and Serving Suggestions
  • Serving Suggestions: Homemade whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, candied nuts sprinkled on top, fresh fruit on the side, powdered sugar sprinkled on top, or ground cinnamon sprinkled on top are some of our favorite ways to serve this gluten free apple crisp.
  • Apple Variations: Try a combination of apples including — Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, or Pink Lady. Feel free to substitute in a totally different fruit like pear or peaches for a twist on the traditional apple crisp!
  • Spices Variations: Try your favorite fall spices — nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, all spice, cloves, cardamom, and ginger
  • Nuts: Try almonds or hazelnuts along with (or instead of) the pecans and walnuts. Or make it nut free and omit the nuts altogether.
Top Tips For Making this Vegan Apple Crumble
  • Use Gluten Free Oats to make this gluten-free.
  • Make sure to coat your baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Be sure to serve this crisp warm! Top it with homemade whipped cream or ice cream for more decadence.
  • This apple crumble will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • Make sure the coconut oil is melted before you combine it with the topping – this will ensure it mixes well.
Note: Each serving has only 5.6g added sugar per serving

Nutrition

Calories: 206.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.4g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6.3g | Sodium: 17.8mg | Potassium: 116.4mg | Fiber: 3.9g | Sugar: 14.6g

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52 responses to “Vegan Apple Crumble (Gluten-Free!)”

  1. Oh yum! While I have a love affair with gluten, I do love that this makes a classic, staple dessert accessible to friends and family with sensitivities! This recipe looks amazing and the pictures are TOP. NOTCH.5 stars

  2. Love all the flavours and little extras in this recipe that make it just SO good – perfect autumn dessert.5 stars

  3. This recipe sounds delicious! I love that it is healthier and uses loads of apples. Pecans and walnuts are my fav, yum!!5 stars

  4. As I have a friend on gluten free diet, I am certainly trying this apple & pear crisp next time she will be visiting. Thank you for sharing!5 stars

  5. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Love how quick and easy it is and also nutritious! My daughter will enjoy it too for sure!5 stars

  6. We make something like this every fall – my fiance is an apple dessert fanatic! I love the idea of using coconut oil in the crisp – will definitely be giving that a try next time – I bet it adds so much to this recipe!5 stars

  7. I have gone through some serious apple crisp this fall and could definitely use a healthier gluten-free version. This looks and sounds amazing!5 stars

  8. This is the kind of winter dessert I simply cannot resist! Love the combination of pear and apples, and the addition of pecans and walnuts in the topping must bring a delicious crunch to this recipe!5 stars

  9. I can smell this baking now, filling my house with cinnamon goodness. This apple and pear crisp is the perfect fall dessert!5 stars

  10. Another great recipe! First time, I used apples and pears, second time…just apples! Both times used almonds instead of walnuts. Tastes so good warm with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.

    • Woohoo! So glad you liked this recipe Barbara 🙂 And yumm – vanilla frozen yogurt is perfect with this dessert! Love the idea of using almonds instead of walnuts too — I’ll have to try that next time (or I might use almonds and walnuts!) Thanks for letting me know!

  11. Tried your recipe – loved it! I think it’s the lemon that makes it so good, balances the sweetness 🙂 Never quite got used to cooking spray so just used a bit of butter instead. Yummy!

    • Yay!! So glad to hear that Charlotte! And butter instead of cooking spray is totally fine 🙂 Thanks for letting me know how it turned out!

  12. This sounds lovely, but we don’t have Graham Crackers here in the UK – what kind of crackers are they exactly? Like a savoury cream cracker, or a slightly sweet cracker?? I’d love to find an alternative and give this a try.
    Happy New Year!
    P x

    • Hi Porcelina! So graham crackers are definitely a sweet, crumbly cracker (not savory at all) – they more closely resemble a cookie than a cracker. You can substitute any crushed crisp cookie for the graham cracker in making your cheesecake crust (e.g., shortbread, chocolate or vanilla wafers, animal crackers, gingersnaps, biscotti, amaretti cookies, etc.). I think sweeter digestive biscuits sold in the UK might work as a substitute as well. Hope that helps!

      • That’s really helpful, thank you so much! I have some biscotti that need using up so will give this a whirl over the next week.

        P xx

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